It happens all too often, athletes are coming home complaining of dizziness, confusion, and a headache. “More than 1.6 million Americans suffer a sports-related concussion every year, and a growing number occur among high school and college athletes” (O’connor). A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works (Concussions in Sports). It causes the brain to slam against the inner wall of the skull. Bleeding or tearing of the nerve fibers causes symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness and amnesia (Unit).
In the last decade, many however have viewed sports as hazardous/dangerous for children who are still developing. Many have even put in place motions to remove contact sports from the youth, or reduced the level of contact in select sports. Organizations like “HEADS UP” according to CDC.gov “...provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.” (CDC 1). Many programs like “HEADS UP” have created protocols for the movement to reduce concussions in sports activities for the youth and adults around the country. Other programs like CAPP (Concussion Awareness & Prevention Program) which was designed to “assist your team, town, school or league begin to take steps and create a protocol to address concussions in your sport.” (Paragraph 1).
Teachers will be required to make full bully reports to make sure that they are paying attention and if they are not than extreme measures may be taken. Next in our program, we will start to educate young children all over the country about the severity of bullying in our schools. We will start with assembly’s that will show cases of low self-esteem, confidence, and even suicide. These assembly’s will show kids at a young age what bullying could lead to and encourage them to stick up for fellow peers. Our bullying intervention program will be sure to help kids escape from bullying by identifying the problem, increasing awareness, and setting strict consequences.
Long Island schools, Community Organizations and government officials are working to create awareness of the problem and establish safety to students attending school. Schools principals and staff should be very vigilant of the students and what goes on in the hallways so that everyone there feels safe. Parents need to teach their kids to speak up and if they see anything that shouldn 't be happening to speak up and tell an adult. The more the students are aware of the issue the safer students that are victims feel because they know someone is keeping watch in school. If a student is caught bullying the school principal should provide counseling for the students and perform interviews with the victim and the bully.
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It has been proven through former players, their physicians, & current research that concussions cause major mental diseases while organizations and universities are creating rules and regulations to prevent as many concussions as possible. A possible way to prevent concussions is to teach kids at a young age how to tackle the right way. By teaching them at a young age, tackling the right way becomes a habit.
By choosing to be a part of a sports program you are signing up to be a role model for those students around you. You reflect not only yourself but your school, your community, and on a level your parents and family. There are many reasons why I believe that all high school athletes should be drug tested in order to play. One of these reasons is this: drugs are illegal, plain and simple. By abusing drugs you are breaking the law as well as your schools code of conduct.
Identifying the signs and symptoms right away is crucial when trying to prevent long term effects because they can have an accumulative effect. According to the article by Cynthia Byer, “Head trauma is one of the most common injuries sustained by young athletes, with more than 60,000 concussions occurring each year in U.S. high school sports, reports the American Council on Exercise” (Boyer 2). A direct, powerful blow to the head or body, that forces the head to be thrown backward or forward quickly causes the brain to slam into the skull and bounce around violently. This causes swelling and bruising on the brain. The swelling and bruising is dangerous so recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion is critical.
The Effects of Concussions on Human Beings. Did you know, that someone suffers from a brain injury every 21 seconds (Haas)? Children get concussions all the time, and most of the time they go unnoticed. The majority of concussions happen when one is playing a sport such as football, hockey, or lacrosse. Many famous athletes have had their careers, even their lives cut short due to concussions.
They would rather finish the game than worry about their well-being. Coaches, parents, and sports advocates need to educate players at a young age that a game is not worth the risk of permanent damage to their brains. Teams also n... ... middle of paper ... ...are not able to recognize when a player is suffering from symptoms of a concussion. This could result in the players returning to a game when they are not physically able to return. Medical personnel are advised to look over players after hits to the head.